EP: Above The Underground – The Fight We Won

Release Date: June 1st, 2010
Label: Unsigned
Website: None available
MySpace: www.myspace.com/abovetheundergroundmusic

Rating:

With a second EP in such a short time, ‘The Fight We Won’ shows Cheshire’s Above The Underground can build and churn out songs quicker than Jim from American Pie can blow his load… it’s also an awful lot less embarrassing too.

Pop-punk is there weapon of choice, and with slices of electronic synth wedged in across the board it’s clear they’re trying to obtain hooks and appeal from all corners of the musical spectrum.

The heavily synth led intro and Four Year Strong-esque guitar chugging on ‘Yours Sincerly’ brings us into new track that ATU‘s fresher material is just as solid and smoothed out as more familiar tracks, such as the gang shout glory spread across ‘We Are The Party (Anthem)’, still standing strong as one of their better pieces of work. Second newbie and EP closer ‘The Fight We Won’ is a short-lived experience that shows a spitting attitude that enters a ground a little less expected. It still suits them well, and sees another area the band should explore further.

The thing is, Above The Underground should continue entering new areas and seeing if other things could work for them. Perhaps a little too comfortable in a sound they’ve now got pretty much down to a tee, the EPs title-track shows that it’s favoured them. We’ll have to wait ’til a full-length album release to see the group’s full potential.

Good work boys, keep at it!

Written by Zach Redrup